Durham Women’s academy side are into the next round of the WSL Academy Cup – after a comfortable win over Everton.
The young Wildcats won the first leg of the tie 5-1 at Maiden Castle, and replicated that scoreline in the second leg in the North West.
Lily Crosthwaite netted a brace while Jess Mett, Hannah Greenwood and Neve Pawlett were also on the scoresheet.
After a cagey opening to the game, it was Durham who struck first – Mett showing great persistence to win the ball back before sending a fine lobbed effort over the goalkeeper and in.
Everton would level shortly after through a smart finish into the bottom corner, but parity was short-lived as Crosthwaite struck twice in quick succession.
First the forward converted a cross before she then latched onto a through ball and added her second and Durham’s third before the break.
The Wildcats continued where they left off after the break and made it four on the day, and nine on aggregate, when Greenwood converted Megan Elliott’s deep free-kick at the back post.
And a fifth would come when Anna Vince battled through a number of defenders before finding Pawlett who finished confidently.
The result sees the Wildcats into the next stage of the competition – with details of the tie to be confirmed soon.
Durham Women are the only North East side competing in the WSL Academy Cup – playing against some of the best young players and the biggest teams in the country.